Arthritis is chronic inflammatory joint disease. Arthritis comes from ‘arth’ meaning joints, and ‘ritis’ meaning inflammation. It is an umbrella term for over a hundred diseases which are linked with inflammation of the joints. Arthritis could be caused by a reduction in the cartilage that cushions our joints or the extra strain we are putting on them every day. It could also be our immune system working against us. No matter what kind of arthritis we are suffering from, practicing yoga can work wonders for us to manage the joint pain. Yoga exercises strengthens the joint muscles and makes the body more flexible. In addition, practicing yoga reduces stress levels.
The age old science of Ayurveda offers relief for arthritis patients based on the understanding that excess vata (air element in the body) provokes joint pain. Adopting an Ayurveda diet can help strengthen the digestive system. Lubrication of joints improves and the degenerative nature of arthritis can be arrested. People with various types of arthritis who practice yoga regularly can reduce joint pain, improve joint flexibility and function, and lower stress and tension to promote better sleep. Many people turn to yoga as a way to exercise gently, as well as to reduce tension and improve joint flexibility. Yoga strengthens the legs and back. Improves the balance. Brings complete relaxation to the body. Repairs tissues and cells. Releases stress.
Yoga offers an excellent exercise option. For people with arthritis who are in constant pain, yoga is gentle and enjoyable enough to practice regularly. Yoga builds muscle strength, joint flexibility and balance. Range of motion improves. Stress and tension reduces, inducing a good night’s sleep.
Yoga is a natural and time-tested science of beneficial postures. Coupled with pranayamas and meditation its impact on physical, mental and emotional well-being is such that it is now being considered a mainstream option. Still, it would be advisable to seek our doctor’s advice before taking up yoga or any other form of physical exercise.
Yoga helps develop the body and mind, bringing a lot of health benefits. Even so, it is not a substitute for medicine. It is important to learn and practice yoga postures under the supervision of a trained yoga teacher. In case of any medical condition, practice yoga postures after consulting a doctor under the expert yoga teacher.